The main aim of Vitroplant is to achieve high levels of quality and health in the final product, by following the entire production process, from the plant “in vitro” to the nursery, across traceability in the CAV chain (“Centro Attività Vivaistiche”, Nursery Activity Centre) according toStandard UNI EN ISO 22005:2008.
Vitroplant is among the first nursery companies in ltaly to have implemented and maintained a Quality Management System certified which fulfills the requirements of the standard UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 for the activity: multiplication of “in vitro” plants, production of agricultural plants, research and development in the field of breeding, propagation of new species and innovative breeding techniques. This tool enables Vitroplant to guarantee its customers total control over production, thanks also to the Genetic-Sanitary Certification, managed in collaboration with the Regional Phytosanitary Service.
THE GENETIC-SANITARY CERTIFICATION OF THE NURSERY
The Genetic-Sanitary Certification of the Nursery provides a guarantee of top quality nursery material; it is an official recognition that involves strict sanitary and genetic controls at every stage in the reproduction process. In order to obtain certified plants it is absolutely essential to use healthy, virus-free plants with confirmed genetic authenticity. These base plants are kept in screen-houses at the CAV and they are under regular controls (with biological and molecular tests). The CTV (“Centro Tecnologia Vivaistica”, Nursery Technology Centre) draws on the controlled material to establish its own field of mother plants and Vitroplant removes the starting shoots for the successive cycles of multiplication. At the end of the controls, the Regional Phytosanitary Service issues a label to be applied to certified virus-free plants. The production of certified micropropagated material must comply with a specifical regulations that set out the criteria to be followed during multiplication (number of subcultures, growth rates, elimination of callus-derived shoots). The use of special softwares allows official control services to follow every clonal line throughout its development from its origin to the final labelling stage.
PRODUCTION CONTROL through the ON.PLANT-WMS technology
Vitroplant implemented the On.Plant software platform for the warehouse management modules WMS (Warehouse Management System) and for the production MES (Manufacturing Execution System). These are the advantages:
- increase in workers’ productivity and reduction of mistakes;
- real-time stocks control;
- unique traceability for each production lot;
- guided flow for the most appropriate choice of product storage location;
- real-time traceability of all warehouse operations
- real-time monitoring of production activities
- general quality’s improvement.
In addition to the software, the project requires the implementation of technological hardware, which involves the use of radiofrequency terminals and ad hoc thermal printers for the management of hoods in the laboratory. The greenhouse and the nursery areas are going to be equipped as well.